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Becoming A Referee

Becoming a Referee

If you are reading this, it is because you have considered volunteering to referee for the upcoming AYSO season. Our region appreciates your commitment to us. But before you can set foot on our fields, there are just a few administrative things that you need to complete. By completing this process, you are ensuring the safety of our players and the continued success of our program.


AYSO is a national organization that requires all volunteers to register annually regardless of what position or role they are filling. This is very important for two reasons:

1. All registered volunteers are background checked by AYSO to ensure regions aren't putting player safety at risk. 

2. Only registered volunteers are protected under AYSO liability insurance. This means that you cannot be held personally liable if a player is injured during the normal course of play. If you do not register, you cannot referee.

Registering is done online through and should only take about 5-10 minutes. There are separate options for new and returning referees so be sure to choose the correct one. If you are under the age of 18, you should use the appropriate link under the youth registration heading.

When you get to the end of the registration form, you will be asked to provide an electronic signature. 

NOTE: You do not need to print out a copy of your volunteer application unless you want it for your personal records.


There are Four training sessions all AYSO referee volunteers MUST complete:

·         AYSO Safe Haven- This is completed online

·         Basic Referee course- This is complete online

·         Regional Referee course- This is complete in person (Please contact us for more information)

·         AYSO CDC Concussion Awareness (Required by the state of Michigan that all coaches complete this training)- This is completed online

All the online training mentioned above can be completed by visiting under the AYSOU tab from the Home page. 

Listed below are the criteria for moving up as a referee (This was pulled from AYSO National Referee Program manual):

Referees: Age- appropriate Referee training

8U through 12U must be at least 12 years of age and take basic referee Course (Regional referee)
14U be at least 14 years old and take intermediate referee course(regional referee is a prerequisite)
19U be at least 19 years old and have completed both Regional and intermediate referee courses

STEP 3- Once training is completed email all certifications to [email protected]

Contact Us

Capac AYSO Region 1296

P.O. Box 114 
Capac, Michigan 48014

Email Us: [email protected]

Phone: 810-887-1347